Mother Blogger keeps a well-stocked gift closet of hostess gifts that are simple, elegant, and charming. Her fave five are foolproof gifts that have served her well over the last year.
No. 1: Paddywax candles are a top staple in Mother Blogger's gift closet. At this writing, they are missing in action. Hmmm, did The Working Girl shop the closet again?
Mother Blogger recently bought tall white Christmas tree candles from Scents and Sprays for a special holiday dinner party, but the sparkly candles would also would make a beautiful winter hostess gift (sale price $21.25).
No. 2: For a cheeky hostess gift to hang around a bottle of wine, Mother Blogger keeps a stack of humorous Popptag wine tags in her gift closet ($9.95 for a set of three.)
No. 3: As an amateur photographer with an expensive digital SLR camera that makes her skills look better than they are, Mother Blogger's closet always hosts a digital picture frame, photo coasters, and silver frames. After a party, she sends pictures and a framing gift to the hostess. Overstock.com and TJ Maxx are good sources for inexpensive frames.
No. 4: Foodie friends of Mother Blogger's always appreciate a set of fancy-flavored olive oils. Mom's fave online source: www.oliviersandco.com.
No. 5: Reed diffusers not only scent Mother Blogger's gift closet but make a lovely gift. She picks them up on sale from Pier 1, Crate and Barrel, and TJ Maxx, and Paddywax.com.
Don't be caught empty-handed this holiday season. Stock up on hostess gifts to have on hand or for any last-minute surprises.